Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2 (Yahoo Sports) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves in his second postseason start, and Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal in the third period as the Ducks moved halfway to their first series victory since 2009. Anaheim has won just one postseason round since its only Stanley Cup title in 2007. Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 shots, while Alex Chiasson and Ryan Garbutt scored for the wild-card Stars, who took two one-goal losses to open their first playoff series since 2008. Ricciardo fastest in wet practice - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo sets the pace during an inconclusive wet final practice at the Chinese Grand Prix. Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games (Yahoo Sports) - Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. Loney has 4 RBIs, Rays beat Yankees 11-5 (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Loney drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a four-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Friday night. Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels beat Tigers 11-6 (Yahoo Sports) - Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. The Angels chased Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1) after three innings and then added seven runs off reliever Luke Putkonen. Los Angeles finished with 13 hits, 10 for extra bases. Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to give the Angels an 11-1 lead. Harang pulled with no-hitter, Braves beat Mets 6-0 (Yahoo Sports) - Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night. As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. The Mets hit few balls hard against the resurgent Harang, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70. Datsyuk's late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0 (Yahoo Sports) - Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Jimmy Howard's best save of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference playoff series Friday night. The Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the regular season but were locked in a tight game in which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities. The winning goal came when Datsyuk carried the puck from the right side to the left in Boston's zone and put a 30-footer from near the left circle past goalie Tuukka Rask's left glove. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series, the first playoff matchup between the Original Six teams in 57 years, is set for Sunday night in Boston. Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series lead (Yahoo Sports) - TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Source: Memphis G Calathes suspended for 20 games (Yahoo Sports) - A person familiar with the decision says Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's drug policy. Did Manning's meeting with Saban cross the line? (Yahoo Sports) - Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial. It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance. The league doesn't allow players and their coaches to meet before the start of offseason workouts, which for the Broncos begin Monday. On-field instruction won't start until mid-May. The Associated Press left messages with the team and the NFL on Friday seeking comment.

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Horner leaves hospital after training accident (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 4:45 am]
MILAN (AP) -- Spanish Vuelta champion Chris Horner has been released from a hospital in northern Italy following a training accident inside a tunnel last week.

Quintana to lead Movistar at Giro d'Italia (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 8:57 am]
Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana will lead Movistar at the Giro d'Italia next month. Quintana finished second to Christopher Froome at the Tour last year, but he will not ride in cycling's biggest race this summer. Instead, the Colombian will be Movistar's lead rider in the Italian grand tour and ride in the Spanish Vuelta. Alejandro Valverde will lead Movistar at the Tour.

Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 1:04 pm]
Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands won the Paris-Roubaix race for the first time on Sunday, making a decisive break near the end of the one-day classic to win it by 20 seconds and upstage pre-race favorites Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara. Belgian rider Boonen was looking to win the race for a record fifth time, and the Swiss star Cancellara, who finished in third place, for a fourth time. I was just pushing until the end.'' German rider John Degenkolb finished second after beating Cancellara in a sprint to the line. Belgian rider Sep Vanmarcke was fourth and Czech cyclist Zdenek Stybar - Terpstra's teammate - was fifth.

Cycling-Terpstra pips top guns to win Paris-Roubaix (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 10:20 am]
(Adds details, quotes) By Julien Pretot ROUBAIX, France, April 13 (Reuters) - Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands seized his opportunity to pip the pre-race favourites and clinch the biggest victory of his career when he won the Paris-Roubaix classic on Sunday. Terpstra, one of the in-form riders going into the 257-km race featuring 51.1 km of cobbled sectors, attacked a group of favourites with six kilometres left and never looked back. He crossed the line on the outdoor Roubaix velodrome some 20 seconds ahead of German John Degenkolb. Swiss Fabian Cancellara, who was bidding to become the first rider to achieve three Paris-Roubaix/Tour of Flanders doubles, came third after failing to make his move earlier in the race.

Cycling-Road-Paris - Roubaix results (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 8:41 am]
April 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Paris - Roubaix (Compiegne - Roubaix, 257 km) on Sunday 1. Niki Terpstra (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 6:09:01" 2. John Degenkolb (Germany / Giant) +20" 3. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland / Trek) 4. Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium / Belkin) 5. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 6. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Cannondale) 7. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) 8. Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands / Garmin) 9. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky) 10. Tom Boonen (Belgium / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)

Horner to remain in hospital until next week (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 12:41 pm]
MILAN (AP) -- Spanish Vuelta champion Christopher Horner will remain in the hospital until next week at least following Friday's training accident in northern Italy.

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco final classification (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 11:54 am]
April 12 (Infostrada Sports) - Final Classification from Vuelta al Pais Vasco on Saturday 1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 21:09:11" 2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +49" 3. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +1:04" 4. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +1:07" 5. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 6. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:56" 7. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 8. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) +2:13" 9. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ.fr) +2:14" 10. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +2:26" 11. ...

Contador wins 3rd Tour of Basque Country title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 10:49 am]
Alberto Contador won the Tour of Basque Country for a third time on Saturday, confirming the Spaniard's strong return to form with his second title of the year as he prepares for the Tour de France. The Tinkoff-Saxo cyclist defended the lead he established on the opening day during the race's sixth and final stage, an individual time trial in which he finished second behind winner Tony Martin. After going a year without a multistage race title, Contador has now won the Tour of Basque Country and last month's Tirreno-Adriatico, along with runner-up finishes at the Tour of Algarve and the Volta a Catalunya. He took control of this edition, the 54th, during the first stage when he broke away from Alejandro Valverde on an uphill climb.

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco classification after stage 6 (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 9:16 am]
April 12 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Vuelta al Pais Vasco after Stage 6 on Saturday 1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 21:09:11" 2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +49" 3. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +1:04" 4. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +1:07" 5. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 6. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:56" 7. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 8. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) +2:13" 9. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ.fr) +2:14" 10. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +2:26"

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco stage 6 results (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 9:16 am]
April 12 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Markina-Xemein - Markina-Xemein, 25.9 km) on Saturday 1. Tony Martin (Germany / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 38:33" 2. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +7" 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +15" 4. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +16" 5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +35" 6. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands / Giant) +38" 7. Jon Izagirre (Spain / Movistar) +41" 8. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +1:02" 9. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:05" 10. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ. ...

Contador wins 3rd Tour of Basque Country (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 9:15 am]
MARKINA, Spain (AP) -- Alberto Contador won the Tour of Basque Country for a third time on Saturday, confirming the Spaniard's strong return to form with his second title of the year.

Vuelta winner Horner injured in training accident (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 12:09 pm]
MILAN (AP) -- Spanish Vuelta champion Chris Horner has been hospitalized with a punctured lung, four broken ribs and cuts on his head following a training accident in northern Italy.

Contador keeps Basque lead, Swift wins 5th stage (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 10:16 am]
MARKINA-XEMEIN, Spain (AP) -- Alberto Contador protected his lead of the Tour of Basque Country before the decisive time trial, while Ben Swift of England won Friday's fifth stage. Swift edged a small group of riders at the finish line to claim the 160-kilometer (99-mile) leg featuring five categorized mountain climbs from Eibar to Markina-Xemein in just under four hours. ''This was one of my best'' days, said Swift, who rides for Team Sky. I liked my chances doing into that sprint.'' Alejandro Valverde, who is second overall, also finished second in the stage, a wheel-length behind Swift.

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco classification after stage 5 (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 9:24 am]
April 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Vuelta al Pais Vasco after Stage 5 on Friday 1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 20:30:31" 2. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +12" 3. Damiano Cunego (Italy / Lampre) +36" 4. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) 6. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) 7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +41" 8. Mikel Landa (Spain / Astana) +54" 9. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +55" 10. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing) +56" 11. ...

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco stage 5 results (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 9:22 am]
April 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Eibar - Markina-Xemein, 160.2 km) on Friday 1. Ben Swift (Britain / Team Sky) 3:56:57" 2. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) ST 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 4. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands / Garmin) 5. Damiano Cunego (Italy / Lampre) 6. Cyril Gautier (France / Europcar) 7. Jonathan Hivert (France / Belkin) 8. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) 9. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 10. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 11. Arnold Jeannesson (France / FDJ.fr) 12. ...

Dave Brailsford quits British Cycling (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 7:15 am]
LONDON (AP) -- Dave Brailsford, the man who masterminded Britain's medal haul at the Beijing and London Olympics, has stepped down from his role as performance director of British Cycling.

Cycling-Brailsford steps down from British Cycling role (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 3:32 am]
(Adds confirmation) * Brailsford oversaw Britain's rise to cycling superpower * Leaves to concentrate on role with Team Sky LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) - Dave Brailsford, the man behind his country's rise to cycling superpower status has quit as performance director of British Cycling, it was confirmed on Friday. Brailsford, 50, is acknowledged as the catalyst for Britain's incredible medal haul from major championships since rising to the role of performance director in 2003 with stunning performances at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Britain won a combined 16 gold medals in Beijing and London. "Sir Dave Brailsford will step down as Performance Director in order to concentrate full-time on his role as Team Principal at Team Sky," a statement said.

Contador's Basque lead cut; Poels wins 4th stage (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 10, 2014, 2:23 pm]
Alberto Contador's lead at the Tour of Basque Country was trimmed Wednesday during a fourth stage won by Dutch cyclist Wouter Poels. Contador, a multiple Tour de France champion, lost two seconds of his overall lead. Poels attacked at the summit and hung on in the dash to the finish for a one-second victory over Spanish riders Alejandro Valverde and Samuel Sanchez. Valverde stuck to the wheel of Contador as the leader attempted to break away several times.

Armstrong provides names in written testimony (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 10, 2014, 1:28 pm]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has given sworn testimony naming several people he says knew about his performance-enhancing drug use. He insists he didn't pay anyone or any organization to keep his doping secret.

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco classification after stage 4 (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 10, 2014, 9:20 am]
April 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Vuelta al Pais Vasco after Stage 4 on Thursday 1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 16:33:35" 2. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +12" 3. Damiano Cunego (Italy / Lampre) +36" 4. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) 6. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) 7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +41" 8. Mikel Landa (Spain / Astana) +54" 9. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +55" 10. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing) +56" 11. ...





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